By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former Miracle on Ice player Mark Pavelich has passed away. He was 63.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, the Associated Press claims that he died at a treatment center for mental illness.
“We are saddened to hear about the passing of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mark Pavelich,” USA Hockey said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s family & friends. (He is) forever a part of hockey history.”
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He passed away at the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.
In 2019, he was placed into the treatment facility due to assaulting a neighbor in Cook County, Minnesota. The Minnesota Star-Tribune reported that Pavelich felt like the man had spiked his beer.
Pavelich was charged with felony assault. However, it was determined that he was mentally ill.
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A December 2019 report from a psychologist found that he was suffering from delusions and paranoia.
In the 1980 Olympics, he assisted on Mike Eruzione’s game-winning goal against the Soviet Union. In 2014, he sold his gold medal, as he received more than $250,000 for the memorabilia.
“His determination, passion, and dazzling playmaking ability earned him the adoration of Rangers fans during his five-year tenure in New York,” the team said.
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